Einstein, His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson


Some reviewers suggest that Isaacson was pushing the virtues of the founding fathers in this book, since his prior book, about Benjamin Franklin, and all that he had written about those great men were likely on his mind.

Well good news, with America's influence, he did become a supporter of much of what is great in America.

He first visited the United States in 1933. He was Jewish, and Adolf Hitler was coming to power. He could see the problem coming and decided to settle in the United States, where he became a citizen in 1940. He warned in a letter to President Roosevelt about the dangers of the new type of bombs that Germany was experimenting with. 


A review in "The Guardian" quoted Isaacson suggesting, "we should regard Einstein not as an august scientific priest, but 'as a rebel with reverence for the harmony of nature', a scientist who rated imagination far higher than knowledge and an individual whose motto, at least in his early years, was 'Long live impudence! It is my guardian angel." Sounds like an American to me.

Isaacson said of Einstein that we are still living in a universe largely defined by him,“one defined on the macro scale by his theory of relativity and on the micro by a quantum mechanics that has proven durable even as it remains disconcerting to some.”


"Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance your must keep on moving". This is the caption under a picture of Einstein on a bicycle near the front of the book. The book shows clearly a life that indeed just kept on moving.

America should embrace and claim citizen Einstein as one who has taken American Ideals and influenced the world. 

A Few of Einstein Quotes

  • "Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas."

  • "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot."

  • "Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that can be counted, counts."

  • "Any fool can know. The point is to understand."

  • "A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be."

  • "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

  • "So far as the theories of mathematics are about reality, they are not certain; so far as they are certain, they are not about reality."

  • "The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas."

  • "Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them."

  • When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge

  • "Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself any more."

  • "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

  • "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Einstein: His Life and Universe
By Walter Isaacson